Originally Posted by laurenxo
Hi, today I had a really fun lesson. We jumped for the first time.
They were really small cross-rails but it still was really fun. I have been wanting to start for a while now but we had only been going over ground-poles. I was wondering if anyone had any tips for staying balanced in jumping position while trotting as the horse I ride has a really bouncy trot? Thanks!
Welcome to the wold of jumping :)
One tip is if you don't already, you should do your two point while trotting, walking and cantering! This will help you LOTS! It will help you get a strong leg and help your balance!
Another thing that helps is that if establish a good foreword (NOT lazy) trot, not making your horse run at the fence, but not walking over the cross rail!
Also grab on to a piece of mane and enjoy the ride! Your horse knows what to do! So just breath and give him a release with your arms :) don't pull on his mouth!
Also you can make sure you do not jump on to his neck, your two point on the flat should be exactly like your two point over fences!
You can also get in to your 2 point about 3 strides or when you are approaching the jump so then you arn't scrambling at the last second. :)
I hope this helps :) I am sure you will have alot of fun at your next lesson!!!! :)
And don't forget to B R E A T H E!